With emergency powers activated by the Canadian government, Ottawa police are now threatening mass arrests of Freedom Convoy protesters and supporters.
Ottawa police have gone from truck to truck handing out leaflets to Freedom Convoy protesters urging them to leave the demonstration zone immediately, otherwise they could be arrested and prosecuted. “You must leave the area now,” the statement said. “Anyone blocking roads or assisting others in blocking is committing a crime and may be arrested,” the statement said Wall Street Journal.
The announcement marks an escalation of law enforcement efforts as protests against vaccination requirements and social restrictions enter their 20th day. The move comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers (Report24 reported) this week to end the demonstrations. The Ottawa Police Department statement said that with the new powers made available under the federal emergency regulation, it is now illegal for new protesters or their supporters to enter downtown Ottawa and attend the demonstration to contribute. Police also pointed out that driver’s licenses could be confiscated under a separate emergency order by the province of Ontario, the WSJ said.
was previously already reportedthat 13 protesters involved in a “Coutts Blockade” were arrested. The latest order, however, is an official warning against mass arrests.
Trudeau’s orders, aimed in part at cutting off money from protesters, have reached a larger scale than before – forcing “portfolio managers and investment firms to look more closely at who they’re doing business with,” so Bloomberg.
The new rules place requirements on a broad list of companies – including banks, investment firms, credit unions, lending companies, securities dealers, fundraising platforms, insurance companies and nonprofits. They must establish whether they are “owned or controlled by property” by anyone attending an illegal demonstration or caring for protesters, according to instructions released by the government late Tuesday night. If they find such a person on their client list, they must freeze their accounts and report it to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Intelligence Canada, the regulations say. All suspicious transactions must also be reported to Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Agency (Fintrac).
This means that every participant in such demonstrations is guaranteed to end up on the watch lists of the Canadian secret services. Something that makes surveillance and privacy violations much easier. After all, participants in demonstrations for freedom in Canada are now considered a “native terrorist”…